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Suggested Plants for Rock Garden

These are just a few of the plants I am considering for my rock garden.
Suggested Plants For Rock Garden
Color from Spring until Fall
Cerastium Tomentosum – Snow in summer – Spring through Summer
Arabis -Rock Cress – April, May
Agastache – Hummingbird Mint – Mid Summer through Fall
Rudbeckia – Black eyed Susan – Aug, Sept
Campanula -Bell Flower – June, July, Aug, Sept
Echinecea – Cone Flower – July, Aug, Sept, Oct
Heuchera -Coral Bells – June, July, Aug, Sept
Coreopsis – July, Aug, Sept

Rock Garden 2017

There is a spot on the front right side of my yard that I always thought a large rock would look really good.  Years have gone by and then one day I stopped at Empire Stone. My friend, another rock hound walked all over and then I saw this stone that had a shallow bowl on top that I thought that would make a perfect bird bath.  I bought a rock.  It just sounds weird doesn’t it?  My husband just shook his head when I told him about buying a rock.  While at Empire Stone the manager suggested that I visit the “bone yard”, rocks left over from jobs that I could purchase for a lot less money. They had a good assortment of rocks.

The spot where the rock will be placed is being prepared. So far I have dug out about 3 inches of soil and now I just have another 3 inches to go and that will be completed on Wednesday by Kap.

Wednesday and Thursday Kap will be staging my rock garden getting ready to plant.  Kap is going to utilize loose rock currently in my rock garden and build a natural container for top soil, compost and the plant.

To support local small business owners I have purchased plants so far from Winter Creek Gardens and Tumalo Gardens.  I plan to take my yearly trip to La Pine to L & S Gardens to pick up hardy pansies. Last year I spent a lot of money at Galveston Gardens and so this year I am going to support Moonfire by purchasing their hanging baskets. I know I will end up buying something from Galveston Gardens because I just love walking through the green houses and I always seem to find something to purchase.

Hello Spring Bend Oregon March 2017

Follow me along on my journey to re-landscape my rock garden, 13 years in the making.  My yard is a mix match of ideas from two different owners.  The first owner of our house thought of the yard as part nursery for raising  juniper seedlings and adding bunch grass throughout the entire yard with the exception of the small lawn and the rock garden. The second owner, me just did the best I could but without any true design.  I like native plants, that need little care and little water.  And I like color, I want to have something blooming from spring until fall. Then add my husband to the mix who believes even if a plant is on the brink of death or has died it still belongs in our yard because he wants to see the natural progression of nature.

I  hired Kap of Seed Landscape Design Bend who specializes in native grown plants.  I worked with Kap for several years now, referring him to real estate clients, friends and to do some light work in our yard. But this year I am designing a new front, side and back yard with Kap’s help.

When we first moved here I spend several years collecting rocks to add to the existing rocks.  I would drive out east and stop along the road and pick up rocks, throwing them in the back of my car.  Every year I added compost to the areas where there was a small layer of dirt between and over rocks.  I even had a sprinkler system added.  I tried several plants and some worked and some didn’t.  I must admit I would get  frustrated and just buy some shrubs that would fill an area but the only research I did was drive around town and see what plants looked healthy without needing much care. This system I used did not capture my personality and I was never happy with the yard.

Step 1 has just been accomplished, all the dead shrubs were removed, including some that were on the brink of death.  Some small trees and living shrubs were remove to provide more light and room for what is there now.  And some plants were removed just because I was disappointed how they looked.

Step 2  I just started.  I visited Winter Creek Nursery along with my husband to check out the plants that they have that are native to Central Oregon.  I walked through the green houses and took photographs of the signs for the plants I was interested in and then looked at some shrubs and trees. Kap suggested Winter Creek and several other nurseries for me to visit.  I’ll update you on those nurseries as I go along.  After gathering names of plants I think I would like to use I will then check out what type of area they thrive in and what months they bloom.

The photograph was taken last year of a small part of my rock garden.  I like this but it doesn’t bloom all summer.

Jan/Feb 2017 Real Estate Statistics & More

Market Update Jan 2017 Bend
Median price up from $355K to $371K.
Number of sales down from 192 to 130
Price per sq/ft down from $192K to $200K
Permits up from 48 to 78

Market Update Feb. 2017
Median price down from $371K to $354K
Sales up from 130 to 132
Price per sq/ft up from $200,000 to $205,000
Permits down from 78 to 62

I’m always asked when are home prices going to drop?  The chart below is for real estate specific to Central Oregon.  You can see in 2012 & 2013 home prices had huge increases and then in 2014 the increase was far less. The prices went up again in 2015 but not as much as when the recovery first started. In 2016 prices were still going up but not as much as 2015.  The first two month of 2017 there has not been any change in the median price.  It will be interesting to see what is going to happen in the next couple of months.  Some agents suggest that homes with larger lots are going to see an increase in value.

I think you will see older neighborhoods are going to change as more people are willing to remodel to get the location and lot size they want.  The neighborhood I’ve been watching is around Hollinshead Park.  Large lots, wide streets and relatively close to down town.  Other neighborhoods to watch are Woodside Ranch &  a small area just north of Deschutes River Ranch and south of RiverRim.

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
$212,000 $191,750 $190,000 $220,000 $269,000 $290,000 $327,478 $360,000
-26.87% -9.55% -0.91% 15.79% 22.27% 7.8% 12.9% 9.9%
$274,767 $294,001 $314,581 $336,602 $360,164 $385,375 $412,352 $441,216
$245,488 $260,217 $275,830 $292,380 $309,923 $328,518 $348,229 $369,123
$173,943 $179,161 $184,536 $190,072 $195,774 $201,647 $207,697 $213,928




Real Estate Statistics Bend OR

Year end market statistics Bend, single family homes.
Median price
Jan $317K, Nov $374K, Dec $355K
# of Sales
Jan – 127, Nov, 196, Dec 192
Median price per square foot
Jan. $176.00, Nov $189.00 & Dec. $192.00
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